Event Description

Quite simply Adventure Cross events are cross country journeys by bike that are designed to be 100% rideable on either a cyclocross bike or an mtb.

Run on a sportive format Adventure Cross events are anything but your normal sportive ……

The routes incorporate a mixture of tracks, trails, forest roads as well as lanes and tarmac roads to create an interesting and challenging route over a variety of terrain and surfaces with the emphasis on remoteness, getting off the beaten track and getting away from traffic and traffic noise wherever and whenever possible.

The Cycling Weekly / mbr Galloway Gallop Adventure Cross event starts at the Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, home of the world famous Kirroughtree 7 Stanes mtb trails, near Newton Stewart in the heart of the beautiful Galloway Forest Park in South West Scotland.

One of Rather Be Cycling’s Directors has been a gravel riding addict since the ’80’s and grew up exploring Galloway’s gravel forest roads and rough stuffing it around the hills at every opportunity.  Using this intimate local knowledge we’ve designed routes that take in remote valleys and lochs, miles of wide open spaces, challenging multi surface forest roads, mildly mountainous terrain all under Galloway’s big, big skies.  This is an Adventure Cross event that will take you on a journey of discovery through one of the UK’s last genuine wilderness areas.

The Galloway Gallop event is perfect for riders looking for a challenge that is more physical than technical with two route options that are both more on gravel than on the asphalt.  Both Galloway Gallop routes are perfect for cyclocross bikes, although mtb’s are also suitable.

There’s a choice of two route options:

The Massif is a 110km / 68 mile long cycling adventure with 63km / 39 miles of the route on gravel roads.

The Mini Massif is 69km / 43 mile hilly micro-epic with 36km / 22.5 miles of the route on gravel roads.

If you’ve never visited Galloway before you’ll be discovering a cross, mtb and road cycling paradise.  Traffic volumes (A75 aside) are more akin to the ’80’s and there’s hundreds of miles of quiet roads, trails and forest roads to explore.  We recommend that you take the chance to make a weekend or short break of it.

Contact Newton Stewart Tourist Information Centre for accommodation details: http://www.visitscotland.com/info/services/newton-stewart-information-centre-p332661